At age 7, pint-sized sleuths Jason, Duncan and Charlie solved all manner of kiddie mysteries in Oakdale. Now, at 18, the Mystery Team is about to leave their Encyclopedia Brown-style tactics in the dust with their latest case: a real murder. High jinks ensue in this goofy, fast-paced caper comedy written by and starring Donald Glover, D.C. Pierson and Dominic Dierkes. The film premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.
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- Dan Eckman
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- DVD and streaming
RCrude sexual content, nudity, language and some drug material
English, Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 StereoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; audio commentary; making-of featurette; gag reel; "Who is Wally Cumming?" comedy short; additional featurettes.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that though Mystery Team looks like a kids' movie, it is most definitely NOT a kids' movie. It's more or less a parody of a "Encyclopedia Brown"-style kids' movie, filled with foul language, nudity, and sex -- including some slightly depraved sex -- drugs and booze, and some violence, including guns, shooting, and blood. The three lead actors, who also wrote the screenplay, are part of a college comedy troupe known as Derrick Comedy; their videos are popular on YouTube, and most of them are pretty vulgar. Oddly, the three actors play nave and uncorrupted teens who do not participate in, and are not even aware of, most of the bad behavior in the movie. They come out squeaky clean. Only older teens and parents who have seen one too many kids' movies need apply.
- Sexual Content
- Most of the sex stuff comes in one long sequence, in which the teen detectives search for clues inside a sex club. We see several topless strippers, some lap-dancing, and other teens squeezing and touching female body parts. There's a weird room in which a perverse sex act is taking place, involving breast milk and a naked man lying on a table with his legs in the air. The three heroes are seen walking with "woodies" in their pants. The scene is likewise filled with sex talk and innuendo (as is, actually, the rest of the film). Some minor characters try to have sex with a pie and a loaf of bread, though offscreen. There's a brief, vague reference to pedophilia, as a joke.
- Our teen detectives try to solve a murder case, which leads them to dead bodies, threats, some fighting, and one mild shoot-out, in which one of the teens is wounded. There is minimal blood. In one scene, a girl is accidentally thrown out of a car and crashes into a sign, leaving a gaping wound on her neck. Perhaps most disturbingly, a younger kid carries a gun.
- This movie contains a constant barrage of profanity, though, interestingly, hardly any from the three lead characters, who are stuck in a state of perpetual adolescence. Language includes many, many uses of "f--k" and "s--t" in various permutations. There's also one use of the "N" word, plus "p---y," "c--t," "faggots," "asshole," "hell," "'tards," "bitch," "muff diver," "cooch," "vagina," "damn," and "piss."
- Social Behavior
- Makes sex, bad language, drugs, alcohol, etc. seem like a big joke; kids may not understand that this is a parody.
- One mention of a "No Fear" t-shirt, though not shown, and used as a joke in a line of dialogue.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- A secondary character is a drug dealer, and the heroes pretend to "buy" cocaine from him, without really knowing what they're talking about. One of the heroes sneaks into a costume party, drinks bourbon with an older man, and gets drunk. A homeless person is seen passed out with a rubber tube tied around his arm and a needle sticking out of his vein.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it